Portlandia: Lefty Teacher Whines Fireworks ‘Too Much Like Pretend War’

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For  The Daily CallerEric Owens writes: Just in time for Independence Day, an old lefty teacher has trotted out a bunch of tired canards about the American Revolutionary War.

Writing for a website called The Zinn Education Project, the teacher, Bill Bigelow, also manages to criticize American firework displays on the Fourth of July because “the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world.”

“…Bigelow then gets to the real reason for his rant, which is to criticize American middle-school and high-school history and social studies curricula for not being sufficiently leftist or revisionist”

Bigelow claims that “U.S. drone attacks have killed at least 2,600 people in five countries, including as many as 247 children” since 2001. He also charges that the Iraq War began in 2003 with “shock and awe” – which is a lot like fireworks, sort of – and has created “seemingly endless internecine fighting.”

For Bigelow, it somehow follows, in the very same paragraph even, that “[t]he pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us – especially the children among us – to current and future wars half a world away.”

While stopping short of telling a bunch of damn kids to get off his lawn, the obscure Portland, Ore. teacher further bellyaches that fireworks create too much noise, cause injuries, start fires and can even lead to lung inflammation.

Bigelow then gets to the real reason for his rant, which is to criticize American middle-school and high-school history and social studies curricula for not being sufficiently leftist or revisionist.

The entire point of the Zinn Education Project, after all, is to promote Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” in taxpayer-funded public school classrooms.

Zinn, who died in 2010, called himself an enthusiast of “democratic socialism.”

His best-selling book is a sloppy, embarrassingly shallow, biased hack job which sees virtually every political issue through the myopic lens of class conflict…(read more) 

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  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet For The Daily Caller, Eric Owens writes: Just in time for Independence Day, an old lefty teacher has trotted out a bunch of tired canards about the American Revolutionary War. Writing for a website called The Zinn Education Project, the teacher, Bill Bigelow, also manages to criticize American firework displays on the Fourth of July because “the United States […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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